5/13/2014 8:02 P.M. ET
Reed's slider a work in progress
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- It is not that D-backs closer Addison Reed took his inability to save Monday night's game lightly, it's just that in his role if you dwell on one blown save, it can quickly turn into two and on and on.
Reed, like a lot of closers around baseball, tries to impose a time limit for how much time he can spend thinking about a game once it's over.
"By the time I got home yesterday I was done thinking about it," he said. "I try and think about it 10 minutes max and then definitely once I leave the park I'm done thinking about it. I went home, played with the dogs, saw the wife and everything was good. That's probably the best piece of advice I ever got was [to have a] short-term memory. Whether you get the save or you blow the save, stay even keeled and don't get too high or too low."
That doesn't mean that Reed is happy with the way he's been throwing of late, however.
In his last five outings Reed is 4-for-5 in converting saves, but he has a 9.64 ERA over that span.
"Any time you give up runs you're not too happy," Reed said. "So any time I go out there I'm trying to throw up a zero. So if I go 10 weeks straight with no runs and give up a run in the 11th week I'm going to be disappointed. Been a little disappointed, but I'm not getting too disappointed because you don't want to think about it too much."
One of the issues for Reed is not having a good feel for his slider. When he doesn't have that it leaves him essentially with just a fastball.
"Really all year, I don't think he's really had his slider like he's had in the past," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "To be honest with you that's what's the most impressive about what he's accomplished for us. We encourage him to throw it. The game in Chicago it was much improved. Last night he didn't have it as much."
Though Reed did not get into Sunday's game against the White Sox he did get fully warmed up to go in so when you factor in that he did pitch Saturday and Monday he essentially was pitching for the third day in a row Monday.
"Maybe didn't have as much life in his arm last night," Gibson said. "So the location became more specific and more important and he didn't get it there. He got it down the middle of the plate and they hit it out."
Injured pitchers all making progress
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson spent part of his Tuesday afternoon media briefing giving updates on his injured pitchers:
• Reliever J.J. Putz, who is on the disabled list with tightness in his right forearm, played catch and, after two days of doing that, the team will evaluate him again to determine what the next step might be.
"Hopefully it's not that much longer," said Putz, who is eligible to come off the DL May 19. "I feel good. It was coming out good today. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."
• Right-hander Daniel Hudson, who is trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery in as many years, threw a bullpen session and threw his slider for the first time post-surgery.
• Top prospect Archie Bradley, who is on the Minor League DL with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow, will soon be re-examined and could be throwing again soon.
"It's my understanding that it feels much better, but he hasn't thrown," Gibson said. "I think he'll start up pretty soon after he sees the doctor. That's what our hope is."
• There was a lot of activity on the field prior to batting practice as the catchers practiced throwing to bases, outfielders took fly balls, shortstop Cliff Pennington took grounders and pitchers went through their fielding practice.
"It was a good day out there," Gibson said.
• Outfielder A.J. Pollock has been on quite a roll, hitting .409 over his past six games with a 1.207 on-base plus slugging mark.
"Just maturing," Gibson said. "Starting to trust things that he's seeing and learning what's been talked about. He's got a really good stroke, and ball jumps off his bat. He's got good wheels, he plays good outfield, he's a darn good player."
• Outfielder Alfredo Marte has hit .333 (4-for-12) since being promoted recently from Triple-A Reno.
"He swings the bat good, he's aggressive," Gibson said. "He's improved his defense in the outfield as well. He's a capable hitter off the bench. He fits in nicely."
• Injured pitcher David Hernandez celebrated his 29th birthday Monday, while former D-backs catcher and current Minor League manager Robby Hammock turned 37.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.